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Mythbusting

The Loch Ness Monster, The Abominable Snowman: Not all myths are so widely dismissed...

There are many misunderstandings surrounding eating disorders, and if you are directly affected by the condition you have probably already heard or encountered many of them.

During your treatment and recovery process, it is important to identify the facts from the fiction to ensure both you and your loved ones have a full understanding of the problem.

Please take some time to explore our myth busting section, and see how many you guess correctly...

Eating disorders only affect women.

FALSE

TRUE

Slim people are happier/more popular

FALSE

TRUE

Pictures in magazines are a genuine portrayal

FALSE

TRUE

People will judge me based on my weight

FALSE

TRUE

Getting well means I will be fat

FALSE

TRUE

If I feel well I must be well

FALSE

TRUE

If I eat after 6pm I won't digest it

FALSE

TRUE

Eating regularly will make me put on weight

FALSE

TRUE

Laxatives will get rid of the calories I
have taken in

FALSE

TRUE

I have allergies/intolerances to food groups

FALSE

TRUE

Certain foods will help me lose weight

FALSE

TRUE

A fat free diet is healthy

FALSE

TRUE

If I walk past a bakery i will absorb the fat

FALSE

TRUE

If I start eating I won't be able to stop

FALSE

TRUE

Skipping meals will make me lose weight

FALSE

TRUE

Weighing myself everyday will help me
control my weight

FALSE

TRUE

Carbohydrates make you fat

FALSE

TRUE

Fats are bad

FALSE

TRUE

I can't mix carbohydrates with protein

FALSE

TRUE

Multivitamins will make me fat

FALSE

TRUE

If muscle is not used, it turns to fat

FALSE

TRUE

If I do not exercise then as I gain weight
all the weight will be fat tissue

FALSE

TRUE

Walking to the shops or train station
is not exercise

FALSE

TRUE